HQAC Shooting Development Team Target Rifle Training

Superb weekend at the home of British shooting with the HQAC Shooting Development Team. We now have two Cadets who have been offered the opportunity to compete for the Cadet100 at ISCRM in July. Extra congratulations go to Cdt Jessop for being awarded a Regional Marksman badge for shooting 59/70 at 300 and 500yds.

Preparing for ISCRM14 with the HQAC Shooting Development Team on the L81A2 7.62mm target rifle


Cadet Non-Commissioned Officers Course

We ran a superb course this weekend for the current and potential NCOs of the Squadron. The potential NCOs were taught a variety of skills including; how to command a squad, leadership, presentation and interview technique, the role of a JNCO and took a written test to assess their knowledge. Continuation training for the current […]

100 Qualifications in just 6 months

Alongside flying and gliding, the Air Cadets of Loughborough have been working particularly hard to obtain 100 new qualifications in just 6 months! The latest intake of recruits have all completed their Foundation certificate for indoor climbing, whilst the older cadets have been completing academic training to be awarded BTECs in Uniformed Public Services to […]


National Memorial Arboretum Staff Visit

Staff from 2229 have visited the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today for a familiarisation visit before taking cadets along in the coming months. The Arboretum was the brainchild of Commander David Childs CBE who wished to see established a national focus for Remembrance after travelling to America. Following a meeting with Group Captain Leonard […]


Dear All,

I am writing on behalf of the 2229 Civilian Committee to wish you a happy New Year and also to give you something to think about. The question is:

‘Would you, or anyone you know, be interested in joining the Committee?’

We are very lucky to have a strong committee but a couple of members left last year and this year Mick Severn and I intend to step down. This means that the Committee will struggle to cope without new members.
We know that the committee thing is not for everyone and that those parents that want to join will come forward, so if you’ve thought about it, now would be a good time to do so. Alternatively, if you know anyone from outside Cadets who might be interested in joining, maybe you could ask them. It might be someone who:

• has recently retired or left the forces and is looking to do something useful.
• is unemployed and looking for experience to add to their CV.
• works for a local employer and is looking to improve their promotion prospects by demonstrating skills outside of work.
• just wants to get out and about to a variety of events and social activities and is happy to muck in.

Obviously, their motives have to be genuine and honourable. We’d like to meet them first and if they want to join then DBS checks and Disclosure would apply.
Briefly, our role is to:

• support the Commanding Officer in the running of the Squadron.
• raise funds in order to enable and enhance the range of activities that are available to our Cadets.
• oversee and ensure the welfare of all our Cadets.
• meet once a month (and the Annual General Meeting) and attend some Squadron and fundraising events.

So if you, or anyone you know, are interested please look at the 2229 Squadron website to see what we do and give us a ring at the Squadron on 01509 235535. You/they can leave a message and one of the Committee will get in touch.

Thank you,
Rachel Grant
Civilian Committee Chairman


Poppy Appeal 2013

The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal raises funds every year to support current serving and veterans of the Armed Forces and their families. Amongst so many services they provide comradeship, financial support, and help organise Remembrance Services across the country. Mick Wells, along with many others from the RBL, organises the Poppy Appeal collection for […]

2229 Remember the Fallen

The Remembrance Day Parade held every year in Queens’ Park in Loughborough is to commemorate those who have died in both WWI and WWII and in more recent wars such as the Falklands and Afghanistan. 2229 Squadron joined cadets, veterans, youth groups, regular forces and the general public in a unique act of remembrance. The […]

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Poppy collection in Loughborough a great success

2229 cadets and staff were out in force again this Saturday fundraising for the Royal British Legion by selling poppies and various other merchandise in Loughborough town centre. The RBL gives practical help, advice and support to serving members of the Armed Forces, veterans of all ages and their families. The cadets help out every […]



Squadron Padre receives service award

Our Squadron Padre, Rev’d Rosie Whitely was recently awarded a length of service award from the Commandant of the Air Training Corps, Air Commodore Dawn McCafferty. The signed Certificate was presented by the Wing Padre, Rev’d Robert Hill, at the end of our enrolments evening. This special award is given to those who have committed […]

Newest Recruits Enroll

Our latest crop of cadets have just been enrolled into 2229 Squadron and are about to embark on their newly found cadet career. The 9 cadets attended an open day held at the squadron back in early September and have spent the last month and a half learning the basics of cadet life. Initially there […]



Some unique experiences at RAF Halton

Several cadets and staff from 2229 Squadron in Loughborough recently attended an annual autumn camp at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The camp offered cadets a unique insight into life on an RAF station, and particularly the Recruit Training Centre, where all airman start their careers in the Royal Air Force. The week started off with […]

Cadets learn vital defibrillator training

Cadets from 2229 Squadron were given some vital CPR and Defibrillator training from Andy Buttery who is a trainer from Nottingham Queens Medical Centre with Trent Simulation. He works in conjunction with our chosen charity, the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (www.jhmt.co.uk), to deliver talks and training across the East Midlands. Cadet Foster was chosen to […]


Wells Pyrenees

South and East Midlands Wing – Pyrenees Overseas Expedition.

Twenty Air Cadets from the South and East Midlands have returned from a challenge of a life time. Following nine months of training and fund raising activities, the cadets set off for two weeks to explore the Spanish Pyrenees mountain range on what was the first overseas expedition for their wing, of its kind. The […]

Training Officer praises cadets’ effort after open evening

2229 Loughborough Squadron training officer, Pilot Officer Simon Howroyd, highly praised the way the cadets organised their squadron’s new intake evening, calling it a ‘fantastic success’. The open evening, hosted at the Loughborough TA Centre, offered a taster, to the potential recruits from the local area, of the exciting, eventful and educational life experience that […]

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